Come out and join us for an evening under the stars at Alto Vineyards from 6 pm until 9 pm. Visit with friends and meet new ones, have a glass of wine and enjoy the view through telescopes provided by the members of AASI. The weather looks to be clear and in the 40’s so dress appropriately!
Join us at our December meeting and hear Bob Baer talk about how the Citizen CATE Experiment has evolved into helping document Exoplanets, planets of other stars. This will be the talk Bob gave on November 30th in the Physics department.
Due to the weather forecast, the viewing at Alto Vineyards on October 19th is canceled. Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the Alto Vineyards Facebook page for updates on when this is rescheduled.
Join us tonight at St. Nicholas Brewery in Du Quoin tonight. (October 4, 6:30 pm) It will be a good time to learn more about space and even touch a real piece of the Moon! Galaxy Ride Rocks!!
The Adler Planetarium’s Galaxy Ride team will be back in southern Illinois next week. See the following link for more information.
AASI will be assisting them with a public viewing Saturday October 6th at Big Muddy Brewery. Come out and join us!
Some information for the Mars Opposition event. The easiest way to find the site is to enter the GPS coordinates into google maps. The entrance off Chautauqua road will have one of the two new Astronomy Observation Area banners posted at it. Public parking is noted on the map inset included below. So far, 3 of the 10 telescope pads have been spoken for so that leaves plenty of room for additional club members and general public to setup on a pad. Feel free to bring your own lawn chairs / blankets to the event and bug spray this time of year is a must. There will be a porta potty at the site, but no other facilities or vending. Personal coolers are allowed.
Tonight, July 20th we have a public viewing scheduled for Giant City Visitors center at about 8pm. This is,of course, weather permitting. I am hoping for clear skys and a good crowd. Keep your fingers crossed!
Tonight, July 9th, is our regular monthly meeting. I have a lot to talk about tonight, many upcoming opportunities for outreach.
Today starts our 21 st year! A lot has happened over the years and I will try to share some history of the club and talk about our plans for the future. Stay tuned!
|There will be a brief introduction on the grapes grown at Alto Vineyards, and a discussion on the production techniques used to create the award winning wines offered by Alto Vineyards. Followed with a review of what stars and constellations that will be viewable tonight. Members of the Astronomical Association of Southern Illinois will have multiple telescopes set up at the Vineyard for viewing starting around dusk. Stars expected to be seen this evening will be Venus (setting in the West), Jupiter and at least 4 of its major moons which will be very close to our moon, with Saturn and possibly Pluto in the low east. Also visible will be several open clusters of stars, including the Butterfly Cluster in the southeast. The public is invited to enjoy the wines, the discussions, and to come out and view the stars with the members of the Astronomical Association.
In case of inclement weather or heavy clouds… Event will be moved to Friday, June 29.